An Abattoir-based survey on the prevalence of some Gastrointestinal helminths of camels (Camelus dromedarius) in Aswan Province, Egypt

Document Type : Research article


1 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt

2 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, South Valley University, Egypt.

3 Department of Parasitology, Animal Health Research Institute, Giza, Egypt

4 Department of Parasitology, Animal Health Research Institute (Aswan Branch), Egypt


Gastrointestinal parasitic infection is a prime cause of failures in camel production. This study was conducted to ascertain the prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths of camels in Aswan district, Egypt. Besides, the prevalence of helminthiasis in camel was also evaluated considering age, gender, and rearing system. For such reason, a total of 110 dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius) in the Draw abattoir, Aswan province were screened for the presence of gastrointestinal helminths by postmortem examinations between December 2018 to November 2019. Twenty-four animals (21.82 %) were found to be infected with one or more species of gastrointestinal helminths. Moniezia expansa, and Stilesia globipunctata, emerged as the most prevalent species (29.2%), with Avitellina centripunctata also being common (20.83%). Whereas, Moniezia benedeni, was present at low infection rates (12.5 %). Furthermore, the only recorded trematode worm was Paramphistomes spp. (8.33%). Gender variations revealed significant (P≤0.05) differences among examined camels. Oppositely, age and seasonal dynamics had no significant differences with the highest peak in the winter season (33.3%). The current prevalence indicates the necessity of using an anthelmintic drug for increasing the health and productivity of camels.


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